What the JaMychal Green signing means for the LA Clippers

According to Shams Charania, free agent forward JaMychal Green has agreed to a deal to return to the LA Clippers. Here’s why that’s so important.

Last season, the LA Clippers made their depth a priority. Now, even after adding Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, the bench remains just as strong — if not stronger.

Floor-stretching forward JaMychal Green was vital for the Clippers down the stretch in 2018-2019, and according to The Athletic‘s Shams Charania, he’s agreed to return to Los Angeles on a two-year deal worth $10 million.

According to Charania, Green turned down more lucrative offers from other teams in order to return to the Clippers, as he hopes to win a championship with them. That makes Green the second player to turn down money to come back to the Clippers this summer, along with Patrick Beverley, who agreed to a three-year, $40 million deal on the first night of free agency.

This past season with the Clippers, Green averaged 8.7 points and 6.5 rebounds in just under 20 minutes per game. Impressively, the 6’9″ power forward connected on 41.3 percent of his three-point attempts as well — something that proved to be key in the team’s playoff series against the Golden State Warriors.

In the postseason, Green appeared in all six games and started in three. In 23.5 minutes of play, he averaged 11.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game while shooting a blistering 52.2 percent from three-point range.

Green should be one of the final pieces in completing the Clippers’ bench, which now features prominent role players like Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell, Maurice Harkless and Rodney McGruder, all of whom have starting-caliber talent. Green is no exception there either, and considering he started a few games in Ivica Zubac‘s place in the postseason, he could certainly slide into the lineup alongside Leonard and George in certain matchups.

For now, the Clippers appear to be one of the deepest teams in the league. And with a superstar combination of Leonard in George in the starting rotation, opposing teams are going to have very little breaks, if any, when they play LA.

Green should continue to be one of the first players off the bench, along with Williams and Harrell. His ability to rebound and space the floor makes him a crucial addition to the rotation, and one that should be well worth the price tag.

If the LA Clippers didn’t have the best bench before, now there appears to be no more room for debate.